This is a typical story. In the mid 80’s my partner and I had a pretty good movie career going along with our TV work. (I think this was that honeymoon period between the time VOLUNTEERS was made and actually released…because that window was pretty short as I recall.) Disney wanted to meet us.
We trooped down to Burbank, appropriately
entered the Dopey Building and met with this very nice energetic young
executive. If we had any movie ideas he wanted us to bring them to
Disney first. Because of our work on CHEERS we were the perfect writers
for them. They were looking to do sophisticated romantic comedies with
with and heart, and smart crackling dialogue. Very few people could do
that but we could and that’s what they wanted. We were the next Preston
Sturges (master of the screwball comedy). We were obviously very
flattered and said when we came up with something we would call them. He
then said, “Listen, while you’re here, we do have one project that’s
open, and we think you guys would be perfect for it. ERNEST GOES TO
We graciously passed. We could write sophisticated comedy but we weren’t Noel Coward.